World Kidney Day is observed every second Thursday
of March to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining kidney health. A joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the
International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF), this year's World
Kidney Day will be observed on the 13th of March.
are important organs that help to excrete excessive water and byproducts of
body metabolism through the urine. Every person has two kidneys; the presence
of even one functional kidney is enough to survive. Severe damage to both
kidneys requires frequent dialysis
and sometimes a transplant
theme for World Kidney Day is: Chronic Kidney Disease and Aging.
Though kidney damage can
take place at any age, older people have a higher chance of suffering from it.
damages kidneys slowly and often severely impairs the
independence of a person. It can be a consequence of uncontrolled health
conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Some over-the-counter painkillers
also contribute to kidney damage. The kidney damage may not be very obvious in
the early stages and is often detected after enough damage has been done.
Kidney damage can be detected by a simple blood
test. Therefore, just as we do routine tests to check our blood
, it is also advisable to do a kidney function test regularly
to test the health of the kidneys if you are at a high risk for kidney disease.
Besides, a good control of high blood
and diabetes is necessary to prevent kidney damage.
Lifestyle changes like smoking
, increase in physical activity
and reduction in body weight contribute to the health of your kidneys. An
adequate daily water intake also helps the kidneys.
While we take care of our own kidneys, it is also
important here to make a mention about kidney
. A person can survive on one healthy kidney; therefore,
kidney donation is possible while a person is living, though there are some
legal considerations regarding the same. However, it is even more important to
pledge our kidneys once we die, so that they continue to live in some other